Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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Age: 33

History: Founded in 1978, the school is based on the model of American universities, where a large number of its professors received their doctoral degrees. The Lisbon MBA, a full-time international programme offered in collaboration with Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and MIT Sloan School of Management, began in 2009.

Address: The MBA programme facilities are shared between Faculdade de Economia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Universidade Católica de Lisboa, both in Lisbon city centre.

Ambience: The atmosphere is competitive and challenging, and students frequently interact with international professors and leading executives. The Lisbon MBA believes in a personalised relationship with students, drawing out the individual strengths of each student while learning.

Vital statistics: The Lisbon MBA is a brand new joint-venture between Nova and FCEE Católica – the leading business schools in Portugal. This partnership includes an International Full Time MBA – in partnership with MIT’s prestigious Sloan School of Management and a Part Time MBA. The Lisbon MBA is framed with an international outlook and a strong focus on interpersonal competences and leadership that provides a platform where talented, ambitious and high-flying students from all over the world may meet and engage in active learning, interacting with top notch faculty. The Lisbon MBA programs are taught entirely in English, with several international students and professors.

Added value: NOVA was admitted in 2008 as a member of CEMS – an exclusive club of the best schools around the world, one and only one per country – that offers, within the network of member schools, the CEMS Masters in International Management (MIM), ranked 1st in the Financial Times.

Easy to get into? You'll need a first academic undergraduate degree, a minimum of three years work experience and be proficient in English. Candidates must complete an online application and submit the required essays, GMAT, TOEFL scores and two recommendations letter. We assess candidates individually through personal interview where we are looking for students with motivation, personality and maturity and eager to learn and contribute to the diversity of the student group.

Glittering alumni: Prior to the introduction of The Lisbon MBA, alumni included: João Talone, former CEO, EDP; António Carrapatoso, CEO, Vodafone Portugal; Raúl Galamba de Oliveira, office manager, McKinsey & Company Portugal; João Freixa, board member, Banco Espírito Santo.

International connections: The full-time international MBA is offered in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Business, while the part-time version has exchange agreements with schools from all over the world. They include Copenhagen Business School in Denmark; IAE Aix-en-Provence in France; Rotterdam Business School in the Netherlands and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Student profile: The Full Time students have an average of 29 years old with 5,5 years of experience and coming from diverse backgrounds such as engineering, management economics, social and natural sciences. In 2009, the international program class had 44% women and 25% foreigners. The Part Time students had an average of 32,4 years old with 8,2 years of experience. For the 2010-2012 class there were 28% women admitted on the program and all students came from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Cost: Fees for The Lisbon MBA International Program 2012 amount to €33,000 payable in three instalments. This investment includes courses, required cases and other educational materials, as well as travel to and accommodation at MIT.

Return on investment: The leadership and management training offered by The Lisbon MBA, plus the networking and international opportunities provided by our Program, will be invaluable assets as you grow in your career.

Who's the boss? Professor Fátima Barros and Professor José Correia Machado are the deans of the programme and Belén Vicente is executive director for The Lisbon MBA .

Prospectus: +351 213 822 720; www.thelisbonmba.com; info@thelisbonmba.com